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Boo to false, self-imposed limits, we say. These champion oracles want to live enthusiastically. Follow our trip through projects that challenge, frustrate, and/or scare us. In the end (which is really the middle) we want to live like big bright free and authentically awesome people.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

COFFEE Project Post Seven: A Small Victory (Tawni)

I was just in the middle of my mid-afternoon workout, and it occurred to me that I have a post due for this wonderful COFFEE Project today. Wait... the 27th was the day, right? What day is today? Oh shit!

After this realization smacked me upside the head, I stopped doing abdominal crunches with the hot lady on the television, and ran for one of my three organizers to confirm the date. Yes, there are three calendars in my house with "COFFEE post due today!" scribbled in them, and I still managed to forget. Be impressed.

I now find myself with ten minutes to write before I have to be on the road, en route to my son's school to pick him up, whence we will be going directly to the Urgent Care to see if his hurting ear is infected and needs antibiotics. It's a glamorous life I lead.

Luckily, I have a little bit of inner chicken-sloth butt-kicking to share with you, my friends.

I have been accepted to write for one of my favorite websites, The Nervous Breakdown. Cheer with me now! Woo-hoo! Yippee! Yay! I have been reading this website for years, and am a fan of most of the writers therein, so this is really huge for me.

This new development definitely qualifies as a success in my battle to stop being such an insecure baby about my written creative output, because writing for this awesome website is very much "putting it out there" in the way I had hoped to do.

It is so out there, in fact, that it took me a week after I finished writing the piece to actually get up the nerve to post it on the website. But I set yesterday as my target date, paced around the house, giving myself my "Life is short... stop being such a wuss" pep talk, and did it.

If you want to go read it, that would be great. If you want to leave a comment on the website, under my piece, it's really easy to do, and I would think that was great too. I'll pop the link on the end of this, down below.

I hope you're having a beautiful week, COFFEE warriors and friends!

The linky: http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/tfreeland/2011/01/happy-naked-new-year/


Steph said...

Up TOP! Like 750 times!!!!!
You SHOULD be proud of yourself! This is H-U-G-E-L-Y HUUUUUUUUUUGE! I will be checking it out for sure. Fact.
So glad you kicked some inner chicken-sloth butt! So glad! Good news rocks! And, frankly, here in COFFEE land, we're sorely lacking in the good news dept lately! :) Thanks for returnin' the good mojo!

Steph said...

Totally just read your column... which isn't good since I'm still at school with students in my room. (Yes, it's almost 5 p.m. and I still have students.) I literally laughed out loud - several times.
Dug it. For real. I would so love to hang out with you some night, next to a champagne fountain, of course. Oh, the stories I imagine you could tell!!!
So great, T-Free, sooooooooo great!

Wendy said...

Oh Freebird, CONGRATS! That's super duper rad. I'm going to head on over to read your piece now!
Way to conquer, Conquerista!

patresa said...

Woooooooooooo! Tawni, that's awesome! And well-deserved. You are fantastically clever. Can't wait to read this and more! HIGH FIVE!

T-Free said...

Thanks so much for reading my naked piece and for all the support and high-fives, you amazing ladies. Reading your comments always feels like a big group hug and a toast to being brave. I love it. You totally rock! xoxoxoxoxooxxooxoxoxo.

P.S. Up TOP 750 times, Steph!!!! :)

Holly said...

Just read your nbd naked post! Incredible and fabulous! I am super impressed by your writing and feel grateful to know about the blogging world via you super cool cats. I never knew!
High Fives and BOOM!
I'm having trouble letting go of the mental picture of naked grandparents with sandals on and the pierced clitoris! Oh my!

Tanner May (Tanya) said...

Yay for Tawni!! Double herkie, aeriel, and backhandspringing in my head!!!!

This is just awesome. I'm going to try to read your new blog at work today at work and hope the internet police haven't already jailed it.


Hooray Tawni!!

amy said...

Goooo Tawni! I did get a chance to read your (supremely great) piece on The Nervous Breakdown. SO impressed! I've read that website off and on for several years--I agree it rocks. And your essay was full of ballsy bravery and awesomeness. Rock on, Tawni Freebird (fully clothed and otherwise). I did not realize there was an area for comment-leaving, though! If/when I get time, I will make that happen.

But mostly: Woo! Tawni! Published writer!

T-Free said...

High-fives and BOOM and backhandspringing and cheers with all of you delightful, talented ladies! Woo-hoo! Thank you so much for celebrating this little victory with me.

When I learned I was going to be allowed to write for TNB, the first person I wanted to tell was my mom. And next, I was SO excited to tell my COFFEE comrades. Thanks so much for reading the Naked piece (tee-hee, I said Naked piece) and for the positive feedback. I am so grateful for your support and kindness.

Rock on, ladies! xoxoxoxoxo.

patresa said...


i read your naked new years post this morning, and….


oh man. a) i laughed lots. what an experience and what a way to describe the experience! you are so damn clever. i don't know how many times i thought to myself, "damn, that's witty! i wish i'd written that!"

but i do not wish i'd had the experience myself. how horrifying!

this is awesome. and i think probably just the beginning of a windfall of very cool things.

Katie said...

Tawni, so sorry I didn't post before today - I kept wanting to read your TNB post before I wrote here and I finally read it. And Oh. My. God. You, my friend, are one talented writer. Flipping hilarious. And also, I just want to vote the comment that "the most perfect penis is still like the Most Perfect Chinese Crested Dog" into comment Hall of Fame. I want to embroider it onto pillows and throw them into crowds at football games. I am in awe at this person's cleverness and humbly prostrate myself forthwith.

Also, I want to say how much the content of your post resonated with me, because while in Germany over Christmas Axel and I ventured into a totally nude spa, where men and woman together enjoyed the, ahem, amenities. I swear I have never seen so much saggy ball sack as in those hours. Also, the observation of a nude person with shoes being off-putting is so accurate it makes me feel less alone in this world. I agree completely.

More, please.